Interacting with Kids in the Juvenile Justice System

According to the professionals attending the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative's 25th anniversary celebration in Orlando, Florida, initiating positive, developed relationships with youth in the justice system requires patience, tenacity and understanding.

Mentorship/Juvenile Justice

"In Caddo Parish, in Shreveport, Louisiana, four out of five kids don't come back [to juvenile court]," said Henry Walker of Caddo Parrish Juvenile Services. "The one of out of five who do come back, come back constantly."
According to Walker, the youth who do avoid regular run-ins with the law do so because they have mentors.
At the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative's April 2017 convening in Orlando, Florida, youth workers reflect on the proactive impact mentors can have on the juveniles in the system.

Improvements Needed in Juvenile Justice

From disproportionality to unfair gender bias to consent decrees to workforce development, legal professionals and youth workers reflect on what needs to be improved within juvenile justice at the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative 2017 convening.

School for New Orleans Juveniles Evolves

The Hechinger Report filmed the school at the juvenile detention center in New Orleans after a new group of educators, with a different approach, took over.

Latina Youth Once Threatened With Deportation Speaks Up

The story of 21-year-old undocumented student Jessica Colotl made headlines when she faced deportation after being arrested in 2010 for driving without a license. It was a debate: Was Colotl a law breaker who should be penalized, or a bright young woman, brought to the United States at 11, facing a too severe punishment?

360-degree View: Ramarley Graham’s House

NYPD Police Officer Richard Haste fatally shot 18-year-old Ramarley Graham in 2012. Take a look inside the Bronx building where it happened as reporter Zach Williams explains the importance of certain building features for the case against Haste.